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    September 30, 2010
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will get close to a foot. dean reynolds is in carolina beech, north carolina, tonight. dean, this storm is making it dangerous on the roads, and i know there's been one deadly crash already. >> reporter: sadly that's true, katie. the first fatalities from this storm that has been pounding east coast from here to maine. the victim's car ran off rain-slicked highway 64 over two hours east of raleigh where it plowed into a watery ditch, killing four members of a georgia family. the first fatalities from this enormous storm that roared up the eastern seaboard, surng roads into canals, ponds into lakeses, and front porches into docks. >> just keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't come in because when it decide to come in, there's not much you can do. >> reporter: the storm has tropical depression a third of the total annual rainfall in carolina beach in just five days, exceeding even the infamous hurricane floyd in 19 1999. robert stuart lives here along the aptly named canal drive
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where the water sits right outside his door. he's been emptying his pump all week. >> probably a fifth or sixth time. >> reporter: today? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: town manager tim owens said it's tough to keep up with all the rain. >> i think rain-wise it is extraordinary. this doesn't happen that often. >> reporter: local residents agree. >> it's crazy. i've never seen the water come up like this before. it's just nut. >> reporter: to the north, two commuter buses collided as sheets of rain fell in maryland, injuring 26 people and tornado watches extended from the outer banks to new jersey. >> only good thing about this is that it's not going to last long. we should start to see improving conditions by late it were and much better for the weekend. >> reporter: back in carolina beach, they are using all of the pumps they have to dump the floodwaters into the best receptacle they can find-- the atlantic ocean. katie. >> couric: dean reynolds. dean, thanks very much. meanwhile, this was a sad day at rutgers university in new jersey. students warned a freshman who
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killed himself after a secret video of his sexual encounter with another young man of the post online. two classmates are facing charges. in the last months, at least four gay teens across the country have been driven to take their own lives. more from byron pitts. >> reporter: today on this rain-soaked thursday, the mood at rutgers, grim as the campus skyline. >> it's a sad situation. i'm sad that it happened. >> reporter: by all accounts, add clem, an 18-year-old fresh freshman was a gifted violinist, a good-natured soul who didn't have many college friends and kept to himself. last thursday, authorities say clementi committed suicide, jumped from the george washington bridge, after his roommate secretly streamed video of him kissing another man on the interentertain, all for the world to see. >> i've been an educator for 36 years working with students, and this is the first time i've ever seen anything quite like this particular situation. >> reporter: clementi's
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roommate, freshman dharun ravi, and another assistant, molly wei, have been arrested and charged with invasion of privacy. both are now out on bail. it all started when ravi tweeted... a message that appears to be from clementi was sent out on a gay community message board two days later. clementi reportedly told his r.a., or residential adviser, about the incident. the university refuses to say what if anything was done with that information. in his final posting, clementi wrote on facebook: what was your reaction when you heard what happened to the student at rut gersz? >> sad,ive very sad by the story. >> reporter: because? >> it's another loss of a young life. >> reporter: gay rights advocate joe coscue said this
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highlights a troubling trend-- cyberbulling and gay bashing leading to tragic outcomes. 13-year-old asher brown shot himself in the head after he was reportedly bullied. in california, 13-year-old seth walsh hanged himself from a tree in his backyard, and 15-year-old billy lucas killed himself in indiana, all reportedly over relentless teasing about their sexuality. according to a recent survey on gay bullying, nine out of 10 gay and lesbian student are bullied at school. those statistics, student at harvey milk high school in manhattan know all too well. this is one of the first high schools in the country, open primarily for gay, lesbian, and transgender students. >> i think people get scared and fearful, and not because they were born into that fear but because it was taught by society. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors say they will investigate whether this was a
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bias crime. katie. >> couric: byron pitts. byron, thank you very much. we ask for your comment and questions on twitter and facetoday. jan crawford in washington is our chief legal correspondent. jan, what kind of laws against bullying are currently on the books? >> reporter: well, katie, there's no federal law, but 45 states do have laws, the strongest require things like anti-bullying classes in schools, counseling for the victims, and reporting potentially criminal bullying to law enforcement. in the tragic case where's a student is hurt or commit suicide, prosecutors can file criminal charges. >> couric: so i guess the question is are these laws actually enforced, jan? >> well, we've seen recent cases, like one in massachusetts, where student have been charged with felonies. there, a 15-year-old girl,
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phoebe prince, committed suicide after she was bullied and prosecutors have charged thalled perpetrators with a range of crimes, including statutory rape, criminal harassment, and civil rights violations. katie. >> couric: jan crawford, jan, thank you. if you or someone you know has been bullied, cbsnews.com has a list of resources where you can get help. now turning to the economy. it's ironic that just as mortgage rate have fallen to the lowest level on record, more and more americans are losing their homes. foreclosures jumped nearly 5% from april to june this year. chase has become the second bank to announce a temporary moratorium on repossessing homes. and today bill whitaker tells us people from all over the country were trying to refinance at those lower rates. bill, they're hoping to save their homes. >> reporter: that's right, katie. thousands of people are here, some from as far away as new york and florida, seeking free
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help to modify their loans at lower rates, hoping to avoid foreclosure. >> good morning. >> reporter: some stood in line up to sick hours for the chance to get help to hold on to their homes. >> i have never missed a payment in six years, and i think they know that, but every year, my house payment has went up. >> two weeks ago i put my house in short sale and maybe, you know, i could still have a chance to save my home. >> reporter: with 2.5 million americans already put out of their homes in this recession, and three million more on the brink, the foreclosure freeze by two of the country's biggest lenders raises serious questions whether americans are losing their homes legitimately. court require lenders to verify and certify that the homeowner is in default. these banks shuffled through tens of thousands of foreclosures in 23 states with little or no oversight. 56,000 by j.p. morgan chase alone. florida foreclosure attorney christopher immel says one allied banker personally signed
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10,000 foreclosures a month. robo-signers, he calls them, because one person reviewing so much paperwork seems humanly impossible. >> their goal is just to move through a foreclosure case as quickly as they can. it cuts short different people's opportunity to try to quiet back on their feet. >> reporter: economists say banks overwhelmed by the sheer number of foreclosures took shortcuts, shortcuts that now could further delay any housing market recovery. >> the whole process now is going to slow down, may even come to a standstill for a while until the court work through it. >> reporter: already it's getting ugly out there. in suburb an l.a. a swat team moved in overnight to subdue a man barricaded in his house, making threats because had house has gone into foreclosure. fear of foreclosure has brought 8,000 people here so far. this will be going on around the clock, 24 hours, through monday. katie. >> couric: bill whitaker reporting from los angeles tonight. bill, thank you. in other news, toy maker
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fisher-price is recalling more than 11 million products in the u.s. and canada, including toys with small pieces that are a choking hazard. and tricycle tricycles and highs with protruding pieces that can cut a child. so far, 17 injuries have been reported. overseas there's a potential standoff between the u.s. and a key ally in the war on terror. pakistan today closed an important border crossing for trucks that supply coalition forces in afghanistan. it was a retaliation for a nato helicopter attack inside pakistan in which three pack taken soldiers were killed by mistake. in washington, a change of tone is coming to the white house and the worst-kept secret in town, president obama will announce tomorrow that chief of staff rahm emanuel is taking his brash, combative style home to chicago to run for mayor. he'll be replayed, at least temporarily, by the more mild-mannered pete rouse, who was mr. obama's chief of staff in the senate.
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and still ahead here on the cbs evening news, remembering a kid from the bronx who became a star. but up next, the unseen risk at the hospital, a deadly new class of superbugs.
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>> couric: america's hospitals are places of healing and hope, but they're also home to a
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growing threat. you may have heard of m.r.s.a., a dangerous infection that can usually be treated with antibiotics. but now an increasing number of patients are being infected with a new class of superbugs that are difficult, if not impossible to treat. tonight, the human toll these deadly infections are taking. >> i don't know what went wrong. >> it's so not fair. >> it's a very difficult thing to swallow. >> couric: jackie cash and her sisters, katie and moraweren't worried when their 78-year-old father bill checked into this new york hospital earlier this month with a highly treatable form of pneumonia. but now this once-healthy, active man is clinging to life after he got an infection that's resisted everything the doctors have thrown at it. >> you realize, oh, my god. there may not be something out there that can actually, you know, fix this, and that is a
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horrendous realization. >> reporter: the organism raging through bill shields is called kpc klebsiella, one of the five dead superbugs turnlg up in america's hospitals with alarming frequency, now responsible for 60% of all i.c.u. infections. >> what these organisms have done by creating antibiotic resistance has sent us back 70 years in time. >> brad spellberg is an infectious disease doctor and author of" rising plague." >> there are kays rezittant to every f.d.a. approved antibiotic and we have no treatment for those bacteria. >> couric: the vicious klebsiella first reported 10 years ago in one hospital in one state has now bye-bye found in hospitals in 35 state. >> a lot of what we do is basic detective work. >> couric: at the centers for disease control arjun srinivasan tracks these lethal superbugs. >> i think the most common sources that we see for the
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transmission of these types of organisms are the hands of health care personnel. >> couric: these bacteria can live for years on hospital surfaces, entering the bode through open wounds, catheters and ventilators. outpatient surgical centers are particularly vulnerable. a recent study found more than half didn't practice necessary infection control through hand washing and sterilization. >> it was the worst day of my life. >> reporter: kacia warren's 67-year-old mother ruth got a superbug at this outpatient clinic in columbus, ohio, where he went for a pinched nerve in her back. but just days after surgery, she became infected by an infection usually only found in battlefield hospitals how cow think your mom going through elective surgery got this superbug? >> somebody had to have touched something in that room that contained that live bacteria. and sthee got that, obviously,
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within her body. she didn't go in there with it. >> couric: 17 days after her surgery, ruth burns was dead. it must have been so impossible for you to believe that this had happened to your healthy mom. >> sleuth. devastating. devastating. she was 10 days away from retirement. happiest chapter of her life. and would never have one day to enjoy. >> couric: how do we get to this point? >> for many years, we always had resistance with us. but for years, whenever it caught up, the drug companies would just come out with the next generation of antibiotic and the problem would be solved. we're no longer getting bailed out with new antibiotic development. >> couric: and families, like bill shields', are paying the price. >> seeing my dad on a ventilator is just-- it's a very difficult thing. >> our lives right now are very, very different than where they
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were a few weeks ago. >> couric: it's estimated tens of thousands of people are dying from these superbugs every year, but only half the states require hospitals to report infection rate. so public health officials fear the numbers may be even higher. jimmy carter, meanwhile, got out of the hospital today after being there two days for a viral infection. the former president turns 86 tomorrow, so we wish him a happy birthday. we'll be right back.
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y. >> couric: lightning may never strike the same place twice but you can strike it rich twice. just ask ernest pullen of bonne terre, missouri. in june he won a million dollars in a scratch-off lottery game. this month he won another with a $2 million prize. pullen, who is 57, said he once dreamed of winning a jackpot, so sometimes dreams do come true. sometimes twice. bernie schwartz didn't seem disibbed for good fortune. a child of the depression he got caught up in gang violence and was the target of anti-semitism. then he found his calling and a new name. tony curtis. long one of hollywood's biggest stars, curtis died last night of cardiac arrest. jim axelrod has his story. >> reporter: perhaps no one enjoyed being a hollywood heartthrob more than tony curtis, right up to the end. >> i had all that dark hair and blue eyes, a nice figure, jumping around. i mean, how could you not go for
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me? i even went for me. >> reporter: he shook off pretty boy roles to become a respected actor starting with" sweet smell of success." he was a noble slave in" spartacus," and won an oscar nomination as a white racist handcuffed to sidney portier in" the defiebt ones." born bernie schwartz in the bronx, tony curt i was married six times. janet lee was his first wife, actress jamie lee curtis, his daughter. this notorious ladies' man may have had his biggest hit disguised as a woman in" some like it hot" opposite jack lemmon and marilyn monroe. as curtis aged and the film roles dried up, he bathed drugs and alcohol. but he found new success as a painter. >> it's so moving for me. and, you know, i've become, perhaps, a household word in a way. i've been part of everybody's memory. >> reporter: tony curtis was
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85. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> couric: and did you know curtis was once a guest star on a cartoon show that turns 50 tonight? this is tony curtis providing the voice for stony curtis. >> nice place you have here, mrs. flintstone.
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>> couric: all right, baby boomers, where were you 50 years ago tonight at 8:30? a lot of us were watching a color cartoon on a black and white tv, something new for the time, an animated sitcom written for adults, sponsored by a cigarette maker. so with some help from richard schlessinger, meet the flint stones ♪ flint stones, meet the flint stones ♪ . >> reporter: anyone born in what the kid today call prehistoric times remember the flint stones ♪ meet the flint stones. >> they're a more than stone aged family ♪ they're a thing right out of history ♪ . >> reporter: the stone aged story ushered in a new able of tv. of it the first animated series ever in prime time and one of the first series to show husbands and wives sleeping in the same bed. >> relax, fred. >> tonight! >> reporter: the flint stones came off the drawing board known as the flagstones in this pilot. they were also called the
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gladstones. >> back to the drawing border. >> reporter: before claiming their place in history as the flintstones. >> when the flintstones was launched, they were trying to get adults to watch, but the bonus was you got adults and you got children, so families sat together and watched the flint stones. >> reporter: by now, the characters are part of the culture. fred and wilma flint stone, barney and betty rubble, and all their neolithic neighbors. >> hi, neighbors! >> reporter: the original steers ran for six years, but it lives on to this day in reruns on cable. >> they dealt with the kinds of issues that-- that everyday suburban couples still deal with-- financial problems, marital woes, embarrassing situations. >> reporter: and in the process, fred created one of the most enduring expressions in the english language... >> yabba-dabb-do! >> reporter: the thing, is heave never supposed to say that. the script just said yahoo, but the actor doing fred's voice remembered that his mother liked
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to quote that old brill cream commercial, a little dap' l do yeah, yahho plus a little dab' l will do you equals yabba-dabbahelp do. >> it's built a record of success that can only be described as rock solid, of course. richard schlessinger, cbs news, new york. >> couric: and that is the cbs evening news. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. i'm see you tomorrow. good night.
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my dad is the supervisor of a train station and my mom's a teacher. my dad's an auto technician. my mom's a receptionist. i'm not sure i would have been able to afford college without the tuition freeze. while tuition in other states is rising out of reach... governor o'malley made the tough choice to freeze tuition. he made my dream of going to college into a reality. i'm the first in my family to go to college. my brother and i never would have been able to afford college. even though times were tough... governor o'malley kept his promise.
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there's never a doubt... there's never a doubt whose side he's on. >> now, "entertainment tonight," the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world. the death of tony curtis, original movie heart throb. >> jamie lee allows "e.t." to tell the world first. tony's unforgettable roles, his famous love life and his first "e.t." interview. >> there you are. we'll go on forever. >> breaking news, michael douglas's throat tumor